special needs

New photos of Eva

New photos of Eva

I have hundreds of photos of Eva. My phone is never far from me and I used it, a lot, to capture her smile, her successes in tummy time, he cry, I captured everything I could. Even with these hundreds, and the dozens of videos I captured too, there is… Read more

Disability as a unique demonstration of diversity – not misery

A woman kills her 20 year old daughter and the public’s response is to call it a mercy killing. Donella Knox murdered her 20 year old daughter Ruby, who had severe Autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. The Herald reported that Ruby had a number of associated conditions in addition… Read more

Podcast transcriptions coming!

It’s been a long time coming, too long in fact, but very soon I will be getting transcriptions for the podcast. It’s something I’ve always meant to do but with working full time and podcasting on the side I haven’t had a lot of extra time to sit down and… Read more

Ms. Harrari, is it you that gets to define quailty of life?

On August 6, The Sydney Morning Herald published a story entitled “Parenting an intellectually disabled child: life forever on duty” about Alex Brown and his mother Vanessa. Alex is a 22 year old man who has Sotos syndrome. He is non verbal and has an intellectual disability. He spends week days… Read more

We can’t just condemn

Satoshi Uematsu, 26, killed 19 people and injured another 26 in a centre for disabled people near Tokyo, Japan, this week. He did so under the premise that he wanted “to rid the world of disabled people”. In February he sent a letter to a politician outlining his plan. He… Read more

Meeting Chiara and Natalie

Meeting Chiara and Natalie

I am proud of the fact that my guests on the podcast are from all around the world. I want to show both the universality of our experiences and the differences. It does mean, however, that I will likely never meet most of my guests. After I talk to them… Read more

Invisibilia: The problem with the solution

Invisibilia is one of those podcasts which never fails to impress me. Every episode is beautiful, crafted, intelligent and interesting. Every episode leaves you thinking about some aspect of the world in a new way. This episode was no exception. In fact, it may be my favourite episode from either season.… Read more

Episode 10 coming soon!

In May I got prolific with the podcast and put out two in a month. This month, has been less productive. I haven’t managed to record until the weekend just been and I’ve watched the 1st of July sneak closer and closer with no material. I realised something, it’s hard… Read more

No excuses: Imagine it

No excuses: Imagine it

“I can’t imagine what you are going through…” It’s a phrase that every parent who has lost a child has heard multiple times. It’s meant well. The speaker wants to let the griever know that they recognise the magnitude of this loss. They’re trying to validate the griever’s feelings by… Read more

Feature in the SOFT UK newsletter

Feature in the SOFT UK newsletter

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a representative from SOFT UK, which is a charity that provides information and support to families affected by trisomy 13 (Patau’s syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edwards’ syndrome) and related conditions. They provide support through the many stages families may find themselves in from… Read more

Words matter

In the New Zealand media, a city mayor recently came forward admitting he had been wrong. He said he had been dismissive of the needs of Maori. He called himself a recovering racist. He asked for the people of New Zealand to think about their own actions. Andrew Judd did something… Read more

Medical cannabis: Anecdotes may not be enough, but they have power

Every year that I have been a teacher I have had my senior students write opinion pieces. I have told them to write about something they feel strongly about. It can be humorous or serious as long as it is writing in that style. They need to use language features;… Read more